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Global President's Message

Prof. Luigi Torre PhD

Material Engineering Center, University of Perugia, Italy
luigi.torre@unipg.it

Dear Members,
SAMPE year starts in July, and July brings good weather and new SAMPE presidents. In July it is also my
birthday so I am particularly happy and proud to have been nominated global president and to start my
duty in this wonderful month.
Let me say a few words about my SAMPE experience. The first time in my life I participated at a conference
was in 1988 as a SAMPE student at the SAMPE Europe Conference in Birmingham, UK. Thanks to SAMPE,
at that time, I had the opportunity as student, to share my "little" experience on polymer composites (my
thesis was on PEEK and PPS based composites) with other students and scientists. It was also at that
time it became clear to me my career would focus on advanced materials research. Twenty eight years
have passed, and now here I am, as Global President after having served on the Europe Cabinet for 10
years, the last three years as a member of the global board and have actively participated in all the recent
changes of this society.
Three years have passed since SAMPE "went Global" and the "baby" is growing fast and healthy. As you
know, the SAMPE family has grown. A few days ago, we have had, for the first time, our Global Cabinet
meeting in Shanghai during the SAMPE China conference and exhibition, to honour the new China region.
I was really positively impressed by the attendance and the high technical level of the conference and the
exhibition. Seeing this energy and enthusiasm of the people that participated, especially the students,
confirmed the unanimous vote in favour to admit China as a region. At our Global board meeting in Amiens
last September, was strongly motivated. At SAMPE China, numbers can say more than words: 7000 sq.
m. of exhibiting space, 9257 exhibition visitors, 967 conference attendees, 103 student teams with 454
students. These numbers confirm the SAMPE model works attracting people anywhere in the world.
The change to global has been tough but it is paying off. Our regional activities are more dynamic and
where there is competition, it brings out the best of us. CAMX for example, is undoubtedly the must-to-go
composite show in USA now. Although it is still young, it grows every new year and brings with it higher
satisfaction scores.
Europe is now consolidating the Paris Event which is, to my knowledge, the only executive summit
on advanced materials. Furthermore, the September SAMPE Europe Conference in Liege, looks very
promising with its wonderful location and wide offering of advanced material production plants to visit.
Japan will soon announce the new JISSE conference and exhibition for 2017.
Those were just the main events for each region. The SAMPE team and chapters of all regions are
continuously working to provide you better customer services, webinars, tutorials, local meetings and
student activities. This is SAMPE. The same spirit in every country, while keeping the local style. This is
how, to my view, a Global Society should be.
Happy new SAMPE year and stay in touch.

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